1. Refresh your wardrobe
Go through clothes and shoes, and remove anything stained, in need of repair or worn out. Make a second pass through your spring and summer clothes as you take them out of storage. Try on anything you're unsure about before giving it closet space. Drop off items that are in good condition but just aren't your style anymore at your local clothing donation site.
2. Organize the Fridge
Large refrigerators are great for big families, but they can get cluttered fast. To keep your fridge organized, remove the packaging from multipacks of drinks and single-serve yogurts, use roll-out refrigerator bins to keep small items together and, to help reduce food waste, rotate older food items to the front before adding new groceries.
3. Organize your Garage or Shed
If you use your garage or an outdoor shed as a storage space for things that don't fit inside the house, consider adding this step-by-step strategy to your spring cleaning checklist. Start by organizing all your items into three piles: keep, donate and toss.
After you've removed the donate and toss items, vacuum and clean the floor thoroughly. Then begin sorting the things you'll be keeping. Organize smaller items by product type in labeled bins and store them on shelves along the walls to maximize floor space.
4. Empty & Clean out your Purses or Bags
Take everything out, toss trash and organize items by category. Sort smaller items, like lipsticks, into little pouches or purse organizers before you put them back inside. Wipe down the exterior with a disinfecting wipe if the purse is made with a durable, water-resistant material.
5. Clean Kids' Toys or Edit Games!
When it comes to cleaning kids' toys, don't overlook the convenience of your dishwasher or washing machine. For plastic toys, choose the crystal or quick cycle on your dishwasher and skip the heated dry. For stuffed animals, check the care labels, and if machine washable, place them in a mesh bag or pillowcase before throwing it into the washing machine on a gentle cycle. A quick once-over with a lint roller can help too.
Alternatively, consider sifting through your board games. Do you need those extra pack of playing cards? Reevaluate your invetory.
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